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Subject: News from CODA
November 2011


2nd Annual CODA 3K Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Port Royal's Festival of the Sea was the sunny setting for CODA's second annual 3K Domestic Violence Awareness Month Walk. About 75 friends of CODA (both two- and four-legged varieties) brought attention to the crime of domestic violence as they enjoyed the lovely day and fabulous festival.

Above: a member of the Technical College of the Lowcountry's PILAU organization and friends. Below left: Hope Haven staff and supporters; below right: CODA board member Bob Cullen's dedicated dog, Bradley


Below: Nicki Cadien and friends  
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DVAM in Jasper County

The Jasper County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, of which CODA is a member, commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a candlelight vigil at the Ben Riley Football Classic played by Hardeeville and Ridgeland high schools, October 28.

At half-time, council president, Ericka Gordon, and assistant solicitor of the 14th Judicial Circuit, Reed Evans, read some of the grim statistics regarding domestic violence over the public address system. A moment of silence followed as cheerleaders from both schools held candles to remember victims and celebrate survivors. Ridgeland players Jevante Pringle, Tyrone Mikell and Keandre Frazier dyed their dreads purple—the color of the domestic violence awareness movement.

CODA Turns 25!

The garden of Beaufort's Rhett House Inn was the setting for CODA's 25th Anniversary celebration, designed to thank  the many people who have supported CODA over the years. Past and present board members, staff and clients mingled and reminisced. They were joined by social service providers as well as members of the judiciary and law enforcement, vital partners in the battle against domestic violence.

Testifying to the importance of CODA services past and present, a survivor recounted how, after being brutally beaten in 1989, she fled with her two children to CODA. The first night she and the girls shared a single bed in a room with another victim—and were grateful for the security. Today, not only would she and the girls have their own beds, room and bath in CODA's comfortable shelter, they could access adult and children's counseling, court accompaniment and case management services. Thanks to our friends for making it possible to provide these opportunities to victims and their children.

Above: Kristin Dubrowski, executive director, and Beth Young  (2) Retired CODA board member, Cheryl Doe, and  Angela Myers, SC Legal Services (3) Barbara Yergens, CODA volunteer

Above: (1) Jerome White, assistant chief, Estill Police Department; Loretta Beckett, victim advocate, Estilll Police Department, and Wanda Morgan, victim advocate 14th Judicial Circuit   (2) Duffie Stone, Solicitor, 14th Judicial Circuit;  Arthur Benjamin, CODA board member; Kristin Dubrowski, and Ed Stephan, past president, CODA Board of Directors
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Save the Dates!

December 7 - "Spirit Night" at Jim 'N Nick's in Bluffton celebrating CODA 5:30p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

December 17 -  "Hilton Head Hospital Jingle Jingle 5K  Road Race and Health Walk" at Hilton Head Hospital. Campus and Main Street, 9:00 a.m. 

January 7 -  "Tate-Coursen Memorial Walk/Run" at Beaufort Academy 10:00- 2:00. Registration at 9:30 (Event info at: 524-8283)

For more info, call CODA 770-1070 or go to

Have a Wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!

Military Person of the Year!

CODA volunteer,  RPS John Dillard,  has been chosen as Military Person of the Year by the Rotary Club of Beaufort. The honor is given to military personnel who reach out and become involved in the community during their time in Beaufort. The Alabama native has volunteered at CODA for  two years. During that time, he has helped  with the children's group, spoken to youths and parents at the Beaufort County Sheriff's DAPP Program and helped plan Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities. Way to go, John!
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